Doug Heye, aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, also echoed the need to pass new legislation sooner rather than later, but he remained vague.
"We continue to work with VAWA advocates on the best path forward to ensure we protect women and prosecute offenders," he says.
Cantor worked with one of the original sponsors of the 1994 legislation, Vice President Joe Biden, in December in a last-ditch effort to pass the reauthorization before the clock ran out on the 112th Congress, but the deal stalled. While VAWA expired nearly two years ago, the provisions within the bill are still law, and programs created under the bill are still being sponsored. However, if lawmakers want to make changes to the bill, they must pass a new law.